Emergency to be extended for the last time

President Maithripala Sirisena will extend the State of Emergency for a further 30 days on Saturday.

UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera says this will be for the last time.

Addressing a Press Conference at the SLFP Headquarters in Colombo today (20), Amaraweera said the extension has been due to several reasons.

He said the President has received requests from some foreign missions and several schools that the Emergency be continued.

Another reason was that the Armed Forces can continue to be deployed to safeguard institutions and buildings.

“If there is no Emergency we cannot deploy the Army to protect government buildings,” he said.

However he said that the Security Forces and Police have reported that the security situation in the country has returned to normal.

The Emergency was imposed on the whole country on 22 April a day after seven suicide bombers struck three churches and three five-star hotels killing over 250 people National Thowheed Jamaat group that carried out the attack are either killed or in custody.

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